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Jim Dine: Sculpture + Large Prints



THE EXHIBITION JIM DINE: SCULPTURE AND LARGE PRINTS HIGHLIGHTS many of the ideas and concepts that Dine has prominently explored in his work, from the tool and tool imagery to the Venus figure and the heart motif. More recently, Dine has explored the theme of Pinocchio. What is unique about this exhibition is the inclusion of sculptural works, most of which have not been reproduced in textbooks or art magazines.

Jim Dine: Sculpture and Large Prints features several significant characteristics of Dine’s work, including the depth and breadth of the artist’s creativity and willingness to examine a variety of images. Though many of the images come from found objects and popular consumer culture, his willingness to explore a wide range of materials shows a particular sensitivity for textures and surfaces. Dine creates a body of iconic imagery that, while frequently personal, speaks to a broad and diverse audience.

Jim Dine’s exhibition marks the start of yearlong festivities celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Ohio University College of Fine Arts. The exhibition was organized in part by Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in cooperation with the artist, the Pace Gallery, New York and Pace Editions, Inc., New York.


Jim Dine, The Grey Fort, 2003 ~ © 2011 Jim Dine / Artists Rights Society (ARS),
New York ~ Photo courtesy Pace Editions Inc.



Jim Dine: Sculpture + Large Prints

HeArts and Arts: Exhibition Preview Night with Music by Jorma Kaukonen

Thursday, July 7, 7 – 9 pm, KMA

Join us to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the College of Fine Arts with works by OU alumnus Jim Dine, one of America’s most celebrated artists of our time. Tickets $25.

The Ridges Cafe Chat + Gallery Talk
Wednesday, September 14, 12 – 1 pm, KMA
Join Director Ed Pauley for lunch and a guided walk through the exhibition of Jim Dine’s sculptures and prints. Boxed lunches available for advance purchase from The Ridges Cafe.

Art Encounters Family Day
September 24, 1 - 4, KMA, Christine Demler Brown Center for Art
Learn about Jim Dine's themes of tools and hearts, and create your own themed artwork. Open to all ages. Rotating gallery activities and open studio: come any time between
1 and 4 pm.

OU Parents' Weekend Gallery Tours
Saturday, October 1, 11 am - 2 pm, KMA
Join in thirty-minutes tours that explore the artwork of celebrated OU alumnus Jim Dine. Guided tours begin at 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm.

Inside Outside Art Talks at Kennedy Museum: Pusuing the Personal in the Popular
Saturday, October 6, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, KMA Christine Demler Brown Center for Art
Artist Robert Peppers, Professor of Art, Ohio University, will discuss his artwork as he finds a kindred spirit in Jim Dine's framework of constructing ideas from a personal approach to popular icons, form and materials. Sponsored by Friends of Kennedy Museum.

John Bell: Puppets, Objects, Happenings: Material Performance in the Sixties
Friday, October 21, 9:10 - 10:30 am with discussion to follow 10:30 - 12 pm, KMA, Christine Demler Brown Center for Art
Jim Dine's recent interest in Pinocchio as both a metaphor for art and the ultimate alchemical transformation connects to a broader American rediscovery of performing objects in the 1960s. Dr. Bell, Director, Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, UNiversity of Connecticut, will discuss how the pursuit of hybrid art forms has re-articulated the nature of the object in performance. In collaboration with Seminar in Interdisciplinary Arts: Performing Objects (IART891).

A Conversation with Jim Dine
Thursday, November 3, 7:30 pm Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, Ohio University
Interview and discussion with Jim Dine conducted by Joseph Becherer ( OU '87, '89), Chief Curator, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

Class Tours
Tuesdays - Fridays, September 6 - November 25, KMA 8 am - 5 pm (with advance notice)
K-12 teachers and university instructors are invited to schedule class visits and tours of the exhibition.










Artist Jim Dine is a pioneer of two major contemporary art movements, Pop Art and Happenings. A native of Cincinnati, Jim Dine studied at the Boston Museum School before attending Ohio University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 1957. By 1959, Dine was in New York City at the center of the avant-garde movement. Dine captured international acclaim as a leading figure of Pop Art although the more global term of New Realism is one he prefers. In the following years, his reputation as painter, printmaker, draftsman and photographer was widely celebrated and his work eagerly collected. Sculpture has been an important aspect in his work over the course of his career.

'Courtesy of Jim Dine Studio'